Forms of the
Camera Obscura have been recorded as far back as 500 BC by great thinkers from
Aristotle to Leonardo Da Vinci And today it has been added to the list of
natural phenomenons, like magnets and electricity, that have been harnessed to
amaze spectator and inspire innovation.
The first time
you see a Camera Obscura in action you’ll get chills. It projects a clear full
color moving image of what is in front of it onto the ground glass screen
making it look like a TV screen that you can draw on. The light from any object
comes through the lens bounces off of the mirror and up through the ground
glass or paper for you to trace or just view (diagram and picture of image below).
In the 17th, 18th and 19th century many artists
were aided by the use of the camera obscura: Jan Vermeer, Canaletto, Guardi and
Paul Sandby are just a few who used the Camera Obscura to make their beautiful
masterpieces. Find out More about Vermeer and the Camera Obscura.
This is a solid
mahogany replica of a portable box Camera Obscura made with top quality optics.
This type of Camera Obscura has been used to make beautiful masterpiecesfor
hundreds of years.
·HasaOne Year WarrantyandNo Hassle Money
Back Guarantee(details below)
·Fully functional art
tool and a hard to find collectible
·Has a front-surface mirror, a high quality lens made with
optical quality BK7 glass, real hand ground glass screen
and a clearacrylic glass screen (see
·Handcrafted with expert craftsmanship in the USA out of solid
mahogany hardwood with beautiful protective authentic oil finish
·Solid Brass Lens tube
moves in and out to focus on objects about one foot away to infinitely into the
·Removable shade moves up
and down for easy storage or can be taken off.
·Comes with a standard
(1/4-20) tripod mount, so you can set it on a table or attach it to your
teaching aide for students of all ages
·Sturdy and durable for
the class room.
·No special paper or film
International Buyers –
·Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item
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But I lowered all my international shipping prices at my own
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additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying.
·Projection screen is
5in(12.7cm) x 5in(12.7cm)
About 7 in (17.7cm) wide x 6 1/2in (16.5cm)
high x 6 in (15cm) long
This Camera Obscura
focuses on near and far objects and can be used to easily render anything:
portraits, still-lifes, landscapes, or anything else you come by. The included
instructions teach you how to use the ground and clear Fresnel
lens and make
art the same way artist have been doing for centuries.
Don’t be fooled
by the low price—this is an awesome little obscura: compact with top quality
optics, solid and durable, and beautiful while fully functional.
There are two main ways to create art with this kind of Camera
Obscura. One is to observe the image and paint on a separate canvas or you can
draw directly on the image.
The image projected by a Camera Obscura is like no other image you
will ever see. From the pictures of the image you can get a good idea what the
image will look like, but it is impossible for my digital camera to clearly
capture every thing that it is. It is, of course, a full color moving
image of your surroundings, but it is much more then that. Every electronically
generated images that we see today, when you get close enough (even with HDTV)
you can see the graininess and it turns in to a blur, but with a Camera Obscura the image
seems to be infinitely clear (up really close you can see tiny imperfections in the
ground glass, but this does not disturb the image)—you can see every detail
just as if you were looking right at it: it looks like you can reach out and
grab it. Plus it sees the same way we see with our eyes. When you look at an object it is sharp in focus and
everything else softens into the background, but as soon as you look to see the
soft background it become the sharp foreground. But with this Camera
Obscura you can observe a scene the way your eye sees it without your eye’s
constant refocusing. Observing the camera Obscura’s image will teach you
how to paint the way you see, which will add untold depth to your work.
It is said that Jan Vermeer used a Camera Obscura, much like this
one, to observe the subjects that he painted. He did this both for the reason
stated in the previous paragraph and because paintings
by observing a two-dimensional image projected onto ground glass, rather than
drawing from life, is easier than drawing from a live three-dimensional field: in the same way it
is easier to copy a picture then paint Enplein
air or in the open air.
Or you can draw directly on the image; either by placing a piece
of clear plastic over the ground glass and drawing on that, or use the clear acrylic glass screenwith a piece of
tracing paper over it. The image will project right onto your paper and
look like a TV screen that you can draw on.
But remember that the screen is only 5in (12.7cm) x 5in(12.7cm),
so if you use the tracing method your drawing can only be a s big as the
screen. If you are interested in a art tool to help with larger drawings, then
check out my camera
product is covered by a one year warranty against defective material or
workmanship. Necessary parts and labor to repair or replace any failed
component will be provided without cost to buyer for one year.
from this warranty are the cosmetic damages, brakeage of real glass, scratches
on acrylic glass or conditions arising from abuse, misuse, normal wear.
year warranty is expired the Camera Obscura/Lucida Shop will provide necessary
parts and labor to repair or replace any failed component at fair low cost
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item is not as described or you are unhappy with it for any reason, then return
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The Camera Obscura later became the
beginning for modern Cameras and today they are a hard to find collectible;
as well as, a fun and practical drawing tool. The great thing about this
one is that it is not only a beautiful replica of a 18th or 19th century Camera
Obscura, but it is fully functional and can be used for hands-on demonstrations
that recreate the magic of the past. Perfect for any classroom
that is teaching the history of cameras or art—from kindergartners to grad
students they’ll all be captivated and edified.
If you plan on using
this with small children, then you can have the real ground glass exchanged for
shatter proof plexi-glass upon request.
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my products over seas, so international shipping is not a problem. I
understand that international shipping prices can be expensive, so I lowered
all my international shipping prices at my own expense. Plus with the
weak dollar, buying from the USA
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